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Ulster University has hosted a major all-Ireland connected health conference bringing together academia, industry and government to identify solutions to the pressing issues and explore opportunities in the global health and social care sector.

The high profile European Connected Health Alliance event was the first cross-border meeting of the Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem and the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem. These communities of multi-disciplinary stakeholders are committed to developing a joint eHealth agenda for the island of Ireland.

Over 200 delegates attended the event to hear from European experts in cross-border research collaboration and funding; clinically relevant wearable technology; data analysis and connected health platforms; and healthcare infrastructure.

Director of Ulster University’s Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre and keynote speaker, Professor Jim McLaughlin, said: “As a key partner in the Northern Ireland Connected Health Ecosystem, the University has made connected health a strategic research priority.

“The impact of our research is already being felt on both a national and international scale, as we lead advancements in improved care outcomes for patients and drive economic development through academic and industry collaboration.

“Today’s event provides a platform to showcase our research success and also learn from European best-practice. Our aim is to further contribute to the development of first-rate healthcare for all, in line with the health strategies for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.”